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Lennart Stegland (right)

Prior to the introduction of the new Volvo S60 T6 Drive-E in Malaysia, which you can read about here, we were treated to an insightful presentation about Volvo Car’s powertrain strategy. Conducting the presentation is none other than Lennart Stegland, managing director of Volvo Car Malaysia.

Before we dive into the nitty gritty, here’s a bit of background on Stegland, who took over from Keith Schafer, the previous managing director of Volvo Car Malaysia. With more than 37 years of experience, Stegland began his career within Volvo Research and Development.

Since then, he has has held positions as the president of Volvo Cars Germany and as the vice president of Volvo Car Electric Propulsion Systems. Stegland also headed Volvo Car Special Vehicles, where his division developed the Volvo C30 Electric. Suffice to say, when it comes to technical matters involving Volvo technologies, Stegland is very well prepared.

His expertise was showcased during the nearly hour-long presentation that you can watch from our recorded Facebook live stream video above. In the video, Stegland explains the demands that all carmakers face in regards to meeting ever-increasing emissions standards affecting the European markets.

Watch live and Volvo Car Malaysia MD Lennart Stegland presents the brand's Drive-E powertrain strategy.

Posted by Paul Tan's Automotive News on Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Due to such efficiency demands, Volvo has to ensure that it is able to meet the new standards when they are put in place. Approaching the challenge from a holistic manner, Volvo developed a series of new platforms and engines, which are employed in its product line-up now and in the future.

The latter is the topic of discussion for today. Volvo’s new Drive-E engines are a series of modular engines that are available in petrol and diesel configurations. The new mills not only meet the current emission standards of the EU, but exceed those of competitors as well, according to Volvo. In a slide, Stegland explains that Volvo’s engines have a better power output to emissions rating compared to competitors.

He then goes on to detail some of the design features and technologies used in said engines. This includes the usage of boosting – turbocharging and/or supercharging and various other innovative features, some of which are a world or industry first. This allows for the impressive performance that Volvo’s diesel and petrol engines are capable of.

For those who would like to know more about Volvo’s powertrain strategy, do watch the presentation in its entirety, while referring to the slides attached here. It certainly is an eye-opener to just what Volvo is capable of. Happy watching.